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The Memories of Ana Calderon

The Memories of Ana Calderon

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by Graciela Limon
     
 

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THE MEMORIES OF ANA CALDERON is the fictional memoir of a talented woman born in tradition-bound, rural Mexico. She comes to the United States and greater opportunity only to find that here, too, society, family and religion seem to conspire to hold her back. Ana's efforts to achieve beyond the limits set by family and society lead to pain and conflict. In order to

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THE MEMORIES OF ANA CALDERON is the fictional memoir of a talented woman born in tradition-bound, rural Mexico. She comes to the United States and greater opportunity only to find that here, too, society, family and religion seem to conspire to hold her back. Ana's efforts to achieve beyond the limits set by family and society lead to pain and conflict. In order to succeed, Aria must give up all that she holds dear. She must re-make herself into a rootless and obsessed individual. But even after accomplishing this, fate still conspires to wound her. Ana Calderon has will, gut and intelligence, but her battle against family, church and the justice system shakes our belief in the ability to forge our own destinies.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Limon's graceful writing and astute observations about the problems of Mexican-American life are often lost in this formulaic immigrant rags-to-riches story, which draws heavily on pop psychology for its suspense. Ana Calderon begins her life in abject poverty in a fishing village in southern Mexico. After her mother dies, her father, Rodolfo, takes the family north to harvest tomatoes. Limon does an excellent job of describing the hardships of migrant life and the driving emotions of the family patriarch, who quickly understands that he is being taken advantage of. The family escapes across the border to the L.A. barrio, where Rodolfo grows resentful of Ana's academic progress, finally forcing her to quit high school and find work in a shoe factory. An affair with her adopted brother, Octavio, leaves Ana pregnant. After Octavio refuses to marry her, a lonely Anglo couple take her in. What has begun as a sensitive exploration of one woman's attempt to come to terms with two cultures now becomes an increasingly chaotic portrait of a dysfunctional family whose lives are fraught with melodrama: attempted murder, a prison term for Ana, the disappearance of her son, and more. Events are unbelievably resolved as the novel closes, in 1975. One wishes that the talented author of In Search of Bernabe had confined her canvas here to the unique aspects of Mexican-American experience, which she portrays so well. (Sept.)
Library Journal
Abused by fate and family, Ana, the strong-willed protagonist of Limn's second novel (following In Search of Bernabe, LJ 8/93) endures a life of extremes. After her mother's early death, Ana and her younger siblings accompany their father in flight from the poverty of their Mexican sea village to East L.A. Despised and cursed by her father and betrayed by Octavio, her lover and lifelong friend, Ana first loses her son to kidnappers, then adoption, and spends two years in prison for a crime of violent passion. She also acquires strong friends and makes a strange, breathless ascent to great wealth and prestige. Yet at this summit, her father's curse returns in a series of deeply shocking events. Abrupt and disconcerting, but frequently riveting, this imagined memoir is for larger fiction and area collections.-Janet Ingraham, Worthington P.L., Ohio

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558853553
Publisher:
Arte Publico Press
Publication date:
09/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
199
Sales rank:
788,608
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.40(d)

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